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You can find it under the name "_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi"

The tech-savvy city of San Francisco has deployed free public Wi-Fi along one of its busiest streets. 

The city teamed up with Ruckus Wireless to provide the new high-speed outdoor public Wi-Fi service, which runs along Market Street from the Embarcadero to the Castro. You can find it under the name "_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi".

The network is capable of reaching speeds of up to 50 Mbps both up and downstream, and it aims to make a very diverse crowd along Market more connected, including the financial district, Union Square (which is a tourist and shopping hotspot), offices for tech companies along mid-Market, and up to the trendy spots of Castro.

It will also be a great addition for those in low-income living around mid-market, who may not be able to afford Internet connection. 


Market Street, San Francisco. [SOURCE: Flickr]

San Francisco mounted Ruckus ZoneFlex 7782-S outdoor access points (APs) with gigabit fiber backbone connections on traffic poles along Market Street. These APs provide dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) Wi-Fi, and about 55 of them have already been mounted in the city. The goal is to install 170 APs total. 

"Because San Francisco is at the world's epicenter of technology innovation and use, residents, visitors and even businesses now have a fundamental expectation for pervasive wireless connectivity," said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. "We have gone to great lengths to build the foundation to deliver on these expectations with the best Wi-Fi technology we could find right in our own backyard."

The Wi-Fi project started in July of this year, and San Francisco is paying $500,000 out of pocket for the Web-connected deployment. 

Source: PR Newswire





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